Sunday, March 29, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Skywatch Friday 97

Thai Pavilion, Olbrich Gardens . . .

The Thai Pavilion, or sala, was a gift from the Thai government and Thai chapter of the UW Alumni Association. It was built in Thailand, disassembled and carefully crated, then rebuilt on the grounds at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison. It is one of only four salas found outside Thailand—the others being in Germany, Norway and Hawaii. As the gift was approved by the Thai royal family, it bears the royal seal of the Thai crown. You can read more about it here.

Side view

Front view—the fountains are turned off and pools drained
over the frigid winter months—still too cold to turn them on again.

One of many statues located near the sala

Rear View

LINKING TO: Skywatch Friday

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Thursday Thirteen 273: A Visit to Olbrich Gardens

Last Saturday, we made a visit to Olbrich Botanical Gardens, where we walked through their Spring Flower Show exhibit, Bolz Conservatory, and a bit of the outside grounds. The flower show had several vignettes based on Beatrix Potter's tales interspersed among the flowers, which my niece loved. Here are some of the photos from inside Olbrich. (See Wednesday and Friday posts for a few outdoor shots.)


This scene greeted visitors as they entered the flower show.
I thought I had photographed Mr. McGregor's garden—complete with
Peter Rabbit's little blue jacket—on the other side, but
discovered when I got home that I had somehow missed it.

English Daisies

"She hung up all sorts and sizes of clothes..."

Peter Rabbit (blue coat) and Benjamin Bunny (in the hat).

Gerbera Daisies and Grape Hyacinth

One of the Beatrix Potter scenes with a hedgehog.


One of several canaries inside the Bolz Conservatory

Christmas Heliconia

Ripening Lobster Claws


Fishtail Palm

LINKING TO: Thursday Thirteen

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

Teaser Tuesday 154: Dead Heat

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

This week’s teaser comes from a book for which I have been waiting for months and finished reading this evening: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs, book four in her Alpha & Omega series.

"The children must bleed," she gritted out, and the knife shook in her hand. "Bleed out the bad—" She dug the knife into her thigh and he winced. . . .

(Chapter 3)

~ * ~*~ *~ *~

She took a deep breath, like an actress going onstage, pasted a big smile on her face, and said, "I find it somewhat reassuring that I'm not the only one who feels like I should be running around shouting, 'Where’s the script? Where's the script? If only I had a script I'd know what the freak I’m supposed to be doing.'"

(Chapter 13)

Alpha and Omega #4

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way . . .

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

Random Photo: Lilac Buds

Lilac buds, March 20, 2015 -- First Day of Spring

And three days later . . . we awoke to snow.
Gotta love spring in Wisconsin. :-/

Sunday, March 22, 2015

SC530 -- Red flowers and birds

Another card using sketch SC530 . . .

STAMPS: Heartful of love (Inkadinkado)
PAPER: DCDV, Recollections
INK: Baroque Burgandy
ACCESSORIES: Green Ribbon, Dimensions

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Skywatch Friday 96

A few scenes from last weekend . . .

Friday, March 13 -- Beautiful blue sky with wispy clouds and a temp that
was about 20 degrees (F)above normal. It was lovely sitting in
the sun at the park to read for a while.

Saturday, March 14 -- Late afternoon there were a couple of hawks
soaring overhead. Alas, they never swooped low enough for me to
get a better photo. I saw them again on Sunday.

Sunday, March 15 -- The thermometer claimed it was 61F (about 15 degrees
above normal), but between gray, cloudy skies and wicked wind gusts,
it sure didn't feel like it. This chickadee landed on the
bird feeder two feet in front of me before retreating to the crabapple. 

LINKING TO: Skywatch Friday

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Thursday Thirteen 272: Recently Viewed (Feb)

Between gatherings with friends and frigid weekends when one did not wish to do more than huddle inside, I've seen a lot of movies over the past few months. Here are a few seen in February. With the exceptions of one, nine and ten, I had seen all of these previously — though some had not been watched since high school or college.

01. O.S.S. (1946; Alan Ladd, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Patric Knowles)
John Martin is part of an American spy team dropped into France during World War II to destroy the French railway system.

02. On the Waterfront (1954; Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Eva Marie Saint)
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

03. Inherit the Wind (1960; Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York, Henry Morgan)
Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.

04. Flashdance (1983; Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala)
A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school.

05. Judgment at Nuremburg (1961; Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark)
In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes.

06. Die Hard (1988; Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, Paul Gleason, William Atherton)
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save wife Holly Gennaro and several others, taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

07. Die Hard Two: Die Harder (1990; Bruce Willis, William Atherton, Bonnie Bedelia, Dennis Franz)
John McClane, officer of the N.Y.P.D. and hero of the Nakatomi Hostage Crisis, attempts to avert disaster as rogue military officials seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

08. Die Hard With a Vengeance (1995; Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson, Graham Greene)
John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon Gruber in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building.

09. Cloudy With a Chance of Love (2015; Ben Begley, Stacey Dash, Chris Dotson)
An academic in meteorology must decide between her new job as a popular weather girl and her pursuit of her PhD and fellowship. Is her handsome boss interested in her true self or just as a ticket to a network job in New York?

10. The Stranger (1946; Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young)
An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi.

11. Dead Man Walking (1995; Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Robert Prosky)
A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.

12. Escape From Alcatraz (1979; Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom)
A dramatization of the one possibly successful escape from the infamous prison island in 1962.

13. Inside Man (2006; Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster)
A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.

Have you seen any of these? Any you would like to see?

LINKING TO: Thursday Thirteen

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Wordless Wednesday 169: Window Wishing

A friend's cats, Magic and Ziva, enjoy a bit of fresh air after a long, cold winter.


Wordless Wednesday

Teaser Tuesday 153: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of  A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

This week’s teaser comes from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, a short classic work of fiction. Like many classics that have become a part of mainstream culture, I thought it was good, though not quite what I expected. It is available for free at Project Gutenberg.

All at once, I saw two figures: one a little man who was stumbling along eastward at a good walk, and the other a girl of maybe eight or ten who was running as hard as she was able down a cross street. Well, sire, the two ran into one another naturally enough at the corner; and then came the horrible part of the thing; for the man trampled calmly over the child’s body and left her screaming on the ground. It sounds nothing to hear, but it was hellish to see.

(Chapter one)


First published in 1886, this is the gripping novel of a London lawyer who investigates strange occurrences surrounding his old friend, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the misanthropic Mr. Edward Hyde. The work is known for its vivid portrayal of a split personality, split in the sense that within the same person there is both an apparently good and an evil personality, each being quite distinct from the other.

Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Cards

I whipped a couple of St. Patrick's Day cards this week for my niece and a couple of Irish friends. These cards fit both CAS315 (use ribbon) and a recent sketch challenge, SC530. 


Stamps: Lucky (Studio G); Stamp Holidays (EK Success)
Cardstock: Cafe Mediterranean (DCWV); Green (Darice)
Ink: Garden Green (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Seasonal ribbon, Circle punches (EK Success), Dimensionals

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Winter Fun

I received the "Winter Fun" kit from Dimensions as a Christmas present from a friend. I began stitching it New Year's Day, and finished it in about five weeks. The kit contained all materials needed, including the glass frame.